State Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera has achieved her “American Dream.” Born in Ecuador, she immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 3. Gabriela was raised in Hudson County and watched her mother work night and day to provide for their family by running a small business, learning the value of hard work and the importance of fighting for middle class families along the way. As a child, Gabriela was forced to spend time in a domestic violence shelter with her mother and brothers. In spite of the challenges she faced growing up, Gabriela overcame them, becoming the first in her family to graduate college.
Gabriela’s childhood experiences made her realize that she wanted to dedicate her life to giving back to her community because America has given her so many opportunities to succeed. This journey started at the age of 18 when she became a U.S. citizen. This is still the proudest day of her life. Gabriela earned her B.A. from The College of New Jersey and, inspired by her mother’s work as a small business owner, she worked hard to receive a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
After graduation, Gabriela began her career in public service working for the Assembly Majority Office at the State House in Trenton and became Director of Policy for former State Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez. This was quite rewarding work for Gabriela because she was helping develop legislative initiatives and solve problems to improve the lives of South Jersey families.
Gabriela is a tireless fighter for South Jersey’s families, serving as the Chairwoman on the Assembly women and children’s committee. She has authored legislation to help victims of domestic violence, organized small business owner roundtables to help create jobs in our community, and has fought for a fiscally responsible state budget that would eliminate special tax breaks for millionaires, provide property tax relief for middle-class families and restore funding for critical women’s healthcare services.
Gabriela represents the 4th Legislative District, which consists of municipalities in Camden and Gloucester Counties. She is only the second Latina to ever represent South Jersey in the legislature. Gabriela was re-elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 7, 2017.